ERIC Number: ED361603
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jun-30
Infant/Toddler Child Development Program. Forrest City Alternative School, Forrest City, Arkansas. Final Report.
Forrest City Public Schools, AR.
In 1988, the Forrest City Alternative School (Arkansas) began a program to provide care for the preschool children of teen mothers who wanted to obtain their high school diplomas. The children ranged in age from 8 weeks to 3 years in the infant/toddler group and 3-6 years in the child care group. These children were provided with care, preschool training, nutrition, health, and social services. In addition, a class of Job Training Partnership Act students was provided training and a certificate in child care services, using the day care center as a laboratory for training. Over 100 families benefited from this child care program. It lowered the dropout rate among girls in the Forrest City schools, increased employability skills, and improved literacy. Children enrolled in the child development program showed readiness for learning in the structured environment of the school system. (YLB)
Descriptors: Child Care Occupations, Child Caregivers, Child Development, Child Development Centers, Day Care, Developmental Programs, Dropout Prevention, Early Parenthood, Employment Potential, Infants, Job Skills, Literacy Education, Occupational Home Economics, Potential Dropouts, Preschool Education, Program Development, Program Implementation, Secondary Education, Toddlers, Unwed Mothers
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Arkansas State Dept. of Education, Little Rock. Div. of Vocational and Technical Education.
Authoring Institution: Forrest City Public Schools, AR.